Blasphemy

“Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him. But whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him – either in this age or in the age to come.” – Matthew 12:31-32 (NKJV)

Some Christians like to condemn sinners in Hollywood and in the media for blaspheming Jesus Christ. This sin is still forgivable. These people can repent and we should pray that God gives them repentance. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, however, is unforgivable.

Jesus-and-phariseesHow does one blaspheme the Holy Spirit? One way is ascribing the person and work of the Spirit to demons. The Pharisees blasphemed him by attributing the works of Jesus to Beelzebub, or Satan (Matthew 12:24). The high priest called Jesus’ confession of himself as the Son of God “blasphemy” (26:64-65).

The reverse is also true. Anyone who ascribes demonic activity to the Holy Spirit has committed blasphemy. The signs and wonders that Bethel Church in Redding, California, practices are not of the Spirit. They’re demonic. Benny Hinn is a medium but he performs so-called miracles, which he attributes to the Spirit.

Ascribing carnal activity to the Holy Spirit is also blasphemy. A few years ago, I watched as a drunken Rod Parsley attributed his stupor to the Spirit. However, he was drunk on alcohol rather than “new wine” (Matthew 9:17). Daniel Henderson of Strategic Renewal also said something disturbing a few years ago. He compared the baptism of the Holy Spirit to rabies and added “foaming at the mouth.” Spirit-filled people don’t foam at the mouth; demon-possessed people do. Henderson lives in the natural realm. He doesn’t know the difference. It’s still blasphemy.

A third way is more obscure but still damning. Anyone who has a “form of godliness” but denies “its power” – Holy Spirit power – has committed blasphemy (2 Timothy 3:5). Such people have the name, but not the substance. They’re lovers of themselves, money, and pleasures rather than God (3:2, 4). They also have no self-control, a fruit of the Spirit (3:3, Galatians 5:23).

2014 grammys gay marriageSo how does one deny spiritual power? “Homosexual Christians” claim they belong to Jesus but refuse the Spirit’s power in conversion. Homosexuality is unholy (2 Timothy 3:2). Such people are lovers of themselves and are without self-control. They refuse to confess and repent of their sins. “Homosexual Christianity” is moral confusion and will be judged. “God is not the author of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

Some formerly conservative Christian businesses are contributing to that confusion. Liberty University consigns homosexual students to hell when it refuses to share the true gospel with them. Multnomah just published God and the Gay Christian (2014). Even Eerdmans has published A Time to Embrace: Same-Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics (2012). The author accepts homosexual marriage for Christians. This is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

Turn away from such people (2 Timothy 3:5). Do not follow, listen to, or fellowship with them (1 Corinthians 5:11-13). They will be cast into outer darkness (Jude 13).

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4 thoughts on “Blasphemy

  1. Very thought-provoking.

    “The reverse is also true. Anyone who ascribes demonic activity to the Holy Spirit has committed blasphemy. The signs and wonders that Bethel Church in Redding, California, practices are not of the Spirit. They’re demonic. Benny Hinn is a medium but he performs so-called miracles, which he attributes to the Spirit.”

    I had a discussion recently about #2 of your blasphemy conditions (quoted above). I agree. However, I was in the decided minority (which doesn’t bother me in the least). But I do like to know I’m on solid Biblical ground.

    Is there any Scripture to back up your stance on #2? I’m looked and found nothing obvious.

    This is an important consideration. The discussion I had concerned the mark of the beast in Revelation 13. Someone was defending the position that you could take the mark and be saved. I strongly disagreed.

    They brought up the point that the only unforgivable sin was blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Bingo! The mark of the beast must be blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Which makes sense as Revelation strongly hints that the mark has something to do with worship.

    I also thought if attributing the work of God to Satan is blasphemy, then attributing the work of Satan to the Holy Spirit is also blasphemy. Stands to reason, right? Attributing the work of counterfeit spirits to the Holy Spirit is already widespread today as your examples demonstrate.

    Do you have anything to back up your contention on #2? Biblically?

    Again, very good and thought-provoking.

    • Mark of the Beast: the Bible is clear that those who take it will be DAMNED. What was that person thinking?

      Biblical backup: you ask an excellent question. I’m not sure I have an answer right now.

      • Yeah, I thought the Bible was crystal clear on the mark.

        However, John MacArthur and others are teaching that those with the mark can be redeemed.

        Which seems tough: not only does Scripture say “NO way!,” but everyone without a love of the truth (surely that’s all of the people with a mark on them) will be laboring under a strong delusion.

        And 2 Thessalonians says that ALL who are sent the delusion will be damned.

        So that’s a double whammy.

        I’m also looking into the question of #2. I believe it’s very important!

        Thanks for the answer!

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